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Sep 23, 2017 1:39 PM CST
I have an indoor ficus and an indoor palm tree that I left out for the summer (in Seattle) in a shaded area. They grew quite a bit. The cold is coming to Seattle. Where should I put these plants for the colder weather months? Indoors in full light, in the garage which is cooler or leave outside in a protected area. If I leave them outside should i cover them. Shall I water them over the colder weather months?
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Sep 23, 2017 1:50 PM CST
I believe they would do best inside your home with as much light as you can give them. I water much less during the winter when most things aren't growing quickly.
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Name: Christine
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Sep 24, 2017 6:58 AM CST
Karen gave good advice and to add to it, watch for drafts over the winter, I've lost many plants that way until I realized it.
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Sep 24, 2017 7:55 AM CST
I routinely put my indoor plants out on my front covered porch (east exposure) for the summer. I like to think they benefit from the fresh air and I do know they get watered more regularly. I give them a good rinse (sometimes with a bit of soap) before bringing them back in to hopefully blow off any stray insects.
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Name: Will Creed
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Sep 24, 2017 3:03 PM CST
Your Ficus will need to be located right in front of your sunniest window. They are notorious for dropping leaves when the light is changed. The greater the reduction in light, the more leaves it will lose.

There are hundreds of different Palm species and their light and water requirements vary greatly. Can you ID your Palm or post a photo of it?
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